Vacation Scheme Student at Gateley Legal

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Birmgingham West Midlands
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000

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About You
The Organisation
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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed working at the office, meeting the people and getting advice on my career progression. I found myself struggling to find work to do at times but for the most part I enjoyed myself.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Lots of people in my department made the effort to speak to me and give me advice on qualifying at the firm, I was given real work to do and I felt encouraged that I was making a useful contribution to the firm.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

I had a supervisor who assigned me tasks, as well as sitting in an office with five others who offered me help when needed. Everyone was extremely keen to answer any queries I had.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

To a great extent, becoming more competent researching on plc in particular. In addition to studying an area of law I would not otherwise have the ability to look at in my degree until I reach the LPC.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The entire placement was extremely well-organised, with a booklet given to us at the start of the week outlining every timing for the week so there was never a confusion on where to be.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Everyone made the effort to introduce themselves to me and all appeared genuinely happy to be at the workplace. The other placement students were equally friendly and I enjoyed spending time in the welfare room at lunchtimes with them.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

They paid for my two weeks which was really helpful to cover my travel and accommodation expenses. I also got to take part in a training day and they provided great lunches throughout the placement!


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

Getting to work in the same department for the entire two weeks meant you got to know the structure of how the work is delegated and gain a real insight into the team you would be working alongside as a full time employee.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

I gained a significant insight into the culture through remaining with the same team for the duration of my placement.


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Extremely, the enjoyment I gained confirmed to me my genuine interest in that career path.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was paid well and this covered most of my expenses.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There was a social organised with the other placement students and current trainees, as well as invitations out to lunch and drinks after work.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

a social event with the trainees and opportunities to talk to members of the firm at all levels throughout the placement, with a lunch at the end with one of the partners.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes, the various sporting clubs and CSR activities, as well as sports days with other companies and networking events with clients.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, I felt it was a well organised and insightful placement that really gave you an idea of working in that specific firm.